One Piece Anime Cast Joins Live-Action for the Dub


Netflix's highly anticipated live-action adaptation of One Piece has excited fans by securing familiar voices for the Japanese dub.

During Anime Expo 2023, it was announced that the original voice actors behind One Piece's beloved Straw Hat Pirates would reprise their roles for the live-action series' Japanese dub, as reported by Comic Book. The announcement was accompanied by promotional material featuring the live-action cast, who shared the exciting news. Additionally, footage was shown capturing a memorable meeting between Iñaki Godoy, the actor portraying Monkey D. Luffy in the live-action series, and the legendary Mayumi Tanaka, the voice actress who has lent her talents to Luffy's character in the anime since its inception.

When One Piece's Luffy Meets One Piece's Luffy

In the promotional video, Godoy expressed his gratitude for Tanaka's influence on Monkey D. Luffy, acknowledging the significance of sharing the character with her. Tanaka, in turn, expressed her excitement for Godoy's casting and her joy in voicing Luffy once again, albeit in a different form. The video concluded with a heartwarming moment as Tanaka placed a straw hat on Godoy's head, accompanied by the iconic words spoken by Shanks to Luffy in Season 1 Episode 4: "I leave this hat with you. Come bring it back to me someday, once you've become a great pirate."

The remaining cast members, including Emily Rudd as Nami, Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Jacob Romero as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji, also confirmed that the original actors would be lending their voices to the live-action series. Akemi Okamura will return to portray Nami alongside Kazuya Nakai as Zoro, Kappei Yamaguchi as Usopp, and Hiroaki Hirata as Sanji. Each of these actors has played a crucial role in shaping the sound of Toei Animation's project, with Nakai and Hirata even sharing a friendly rivalry reminiscent of their characters, Zoro and Sanji.

Netflix's live-action adaptation of One Piece has become one of the most highly anticipated projects in the streaming platform's pipeline. With a reported budget surpassing that of Game of Thrones, it's evident that Netflix is making a substantial investment in the series. However, fans remain cautious due to the company's track record of underwhelming anime-to-live-action adaptations, exemplified by the reception of shows like 2021's Cowboy Bebop and 2017's Death Note. The release of the latest trailer for the live-action One Piece has sparked a divided response among fans. While some are pleased with the overall direction of the series, including the creative alterations made to characters like Buggy the Clown, many others have voiced disappointment with the quality of the footage, pointing out significant flaws in the One Piece trailer.

The highly anticipated series is set to premiere on August 31, 2023. In the meantime, fans can enjoy the original One Piece anime, which is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, while Eiichiro Oda's manga can be accessed through the VIZ Media website with a Shonen Jump subscription.

Source: Netflix Anime Expo

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